Southsea veterans mark D-Day anniversary

REMEMBERING From left, Andy Bramley, Eddie Wallace and Len Haskell.     Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112049-1)
REMEMBERING From left, Andy Bramley, Eddie Wallace and Len Haskell. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112049-1)

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VETERANS marched through Southsea yesterday to mark the 67th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

A group of more than 60 people, including 20 Normandy veterans, proudly marched from Canoe Lake to the D-Day Memorial Stone near South Parade Pier.

A service then took place, led by Father Bob White of St Mary’s Church in Fratton.

Wreathes were laid by a representative of the veterans and Councillor Frank Jonas, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth.

Members of the public were invited to pin crosses on the D-Day Memorial.

Arthur Nelson, chairman of Portsmouth South British Legion, was among those attending.

He said: ‘It went very well.

‘A lot of the veterans are well into their 80s and 90s now, but it’s something we have got to try to keep on going.’